Legion Class Preview: Warrior

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The Warrior Legion class preview blog post went up recently detailing streamlined abilities and resource generation, as well as some other updates. Below, we’ve summarized the changes to each of the class’s specs, including ability, talent, and rotation changes.

Key Notes

  • Goal is to “significantly expand” customizability through the new spec-specific talents
  • Arms and Fury both have five rows of core throughput talents
  • Ability lists below may seem sparse because they’re focusing more talents for Warriors
  • Arms now uses Colossal Might to directly improve Colossal Smash in place of its old Mastery
  • Fury has been significantly adjusted to speed up the play style
  • Protection has a new massive damage reduction skill called Ignore Pain
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

Warriors are the quintessential fearless fighters on the battlefield, and their pure martial prowess inspires courage in allies and despair in enemies. Experts in all manner of melee weaponry and possessing incredible physical strength and skill, Warriors are perfectly suited to serve as frontline combatants and battlefield commanders.

Arms

For Arms, they’ve focused on adding for flavor for both fantasy and gameplay, although this is through talent choices. One of their biggest changes is the new Colossal Might, which replaces their Mastery and directly increases the efficacy of Colossus Smash.

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

Core Combat Changes

  • Mortal Strike
    • 20 Rage, Melee Range, Instant, 6 sec cooldown
    • A vicious strike that deals strong Physical damage and reduces the effectiveness of healing on the target for 10 sec.
  • Slam
    • 15 Rage, Melee Range, Instant
    • Slam an opponent, causing moderate Physical damage.
  • Colossus Smash
    • Melee Range, Instant, 45 sec cooldown
    • Smashes the enemy’s armor, dealing massive Physical damage, and increasing damage you deal to them by 20% for 6 sec.
  • Execute
    • 10 Rage, Melee Range, Instant
    • Attempt to finish off a foe, causing strong Physical damage to the target, and consuming up to 30 additional Rage to deal up to massive additional damage. Only usable on enemies that have less than 20% health.
  • Tactician
    • Passive
    • Slam, Whirlwind, and Execute have a 20% chance per target hit to reset the cooldown on Colossus Smash.
  • Mastery: Colossal Might
    • Increases the damage of your Colossus Smash by 50%, and causes it to increase damage taken by an additional 50%.

Select Talent Changes

  • Titanic Might
    • Passive
    • Increases the duration of Colossus Smash by 200%, but halves its effectiveness.

Fury

Fury is seeing bigger gameplay changes to pick up its pace and make it play into the “relentless death-dealer” fantasy better.

  • Enrage has been buffed considerably for double attack speed and Rage regeneration
  • Damage has been buffed through their Mastery

Along with Arms, talent choices are being emphasized for customized play styles.

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

Core Combat Changes

  • Bloodthirst
    • Melee Range, Instant, 4.5 sec cooldown
    • Attack the target in a bloodthirsty craze, dealing moderate Physical damage, generating 10 Rage, and restoring 5% of your health.
    • Bloodthirst has an additional 40% chance to be a critical strike.
  • Enrage
    • Passive
    • Bloodthirst critical strikes or activating Berserker Rage will Enrage you, increasing attack speed by 100% and damage taken by 30% for 6 sec.
  • Raging Blow
    • 10 Rage, Melee Range, Instant
    • A mighty blow with both weapons that deals a total of strong Physical damage.
    • Only usable while Enraged.
  • Rampage
    • 50 Rage, Melee Range, Instant
    • Unleash a series of 5 brutal strikes over 2 sec for a total of massive Physical damage.
    • Rampage always deals damage as if you were Enraged.
  • Execute
    • 30 Rage, Melee Range, Instant
    • Attempt to finish off a foe, causing a total of massive damage Physical damage. Only usable on enemies that have less than 20% health.
  • Mastery: Unshackled Fury
    • Increases damage done while Enraged by 28% (with Mastery from typical gear).

Select Talent Changes

  • Frenzy
    • 15 Rage, Melee Range, Instant
    • Furiously slash at the target, dealing moderate Physical damage, and increasing your Haste by 5% for 10 sec. Stacks up to 5 times.

Protection

Protection’s core fantasy is strongly established as the definitive tanking archetype, so they’re focusing more on tuning mechanics, including:

  • Replacing Shield Barrier with Ignore Pain to remove a “choice trap” between it and Shield Block
  • Ignore Pain “massively” reduces incoming damage up to a cap based on max health and will be the primary defensive Rage-spender; it doesn’t compete with Shield Block as much and is a more distinct separate tool
  • Protection Warriors now primarily build Rage through taking damage and some baseline generation through ability usage
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

Core Combat Changes

  • Offensive
    • Devastate
      • Melee Range, Instant
      • A direct strike, dealing moderate Physical damage.
      • Devastate has a 30% chance to reset the cooldown of Shield Slam.
    • Revenge
      • Melee Range, Instant, 9 sec cooldown
      • Swing in a wide arc, dealing strong damage to all enemies in front of you.
      • Generates 4 Rage.
      • Your successful dodges and parries reset the cooldown of Revenge (cannot occur more than once every 3 sec).
    • Deep Wounds
      • Passive
      • Your Devastate and Revenge cause the target to bleed for strong Physical damage over 15 sec.
      • This effect is cancelled if the target reaches full health.
    • Thunder Clap
      • Instant, 6 sec cooldown
      • Blasts all enemies within 8 yards for moderate damage and reduces their movement speed by 50% for 10 sec.
    • Shield Slam
      • Melee Range, Instant, 9 sec cooldown
      • Slam the target with your shield, causing strong Physical damage.
      • Generates 6 Rage.
    • Heroic Strike
      • 30 Rage, Melee Range, Instant
      • Instantly deals moderate Physical damage.
      • This ability is not on the global cooldown.
  • Defensive
    • Shield Block
      • 10 Rage, Instant, 12 sec recharge, 2 charges
      • Raise your shield, blocking every melee attack against you for 6 sec. These blocks can be critical blocks.
      • Shield Slam deals 30% additional damage while Shield Block is active.
    • Ignore Pain
      • 40 Rage, Instant
      • Fight through the pain, ignoring 90% of the next [25% of maximum health] total damage that you take, from any sources.
    • Spell Reflection
      • Instant, 25 sec cooldown
      • Raise your shield, reflecting spells cast on you and reducing magical damage taken by 30%. Lasts 5 sec or until a spell is reflected.
    • Mastery: Critical Block
      • Increases your chance to block by 10% (with Mastery from typical gear) and your chance to critically block by 30% (with Mastery from typical gear).
      • Also increases your attack power by 20% (with Mastery from typical gear).

Select Talent ChangesShield Discipline

  • Passive
    • Shield Slam extends the duration of Shield Block by 2 sec.
    • Shield Block increases the damage of Shield Slam by an additional 30%.

Class Changes Overview Blog Schedule

Next, Monks and Druids will be in the spotlight as we catch up with these blog posts.

  1. Sunday (11/8): Hunter
  2. Monday (11/9): Priest, Mage, Paladin
  3. Tuesday (11/10): Warlock, Death Knight, Shaman
  4. Wednesday (11/11): Warrior, Monk, Druid
  5. Thursday (11/12): Rogue